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Metropolitan Jazz Orch./RICHARD STOLTZMAN

March 10, 2003
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts’ own jazz orchestra…
METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.
With special guest –
clarinetist RICHARD STOLTZMAN


Fairfax, Virginia, March 7, 2003—Nominated for a Grammy for his work with Woody Herman, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman joins the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, led by local D.C. area jazz man Jim Carroll, as they return to the Concert Hall stage at George Mason University, Saturday, April 5 at 8PM. A pre-performance discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

In pieces ranging from swing to bebop, Richard Stoltzman’s virtuosity, musicianship and personal magnetism – traits that have made him one of today’s most sought-after concert artists – are well showcased. Stoltzman has performed as soloist with more than a hundred orchestras, as a captivating recitalist and chamber music performer, and as an innovative jazz artist.

Stoltzman recalls hearing Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Count Basie and others as a child in Cincinnati. "I heard them all…the leader would snap his fingers to count off the time, and wow! They’d play all these unbelievably energetic, roaring kinds of tunes…I loved it." Stoltzman often emphasizes the connectivity between jazz and classical music, indicating that each contributes to the other, "There are moments when you can be awfully loose in a classical piece, and there are moments when you can be extremely pure and crystal-edged in jazz."

The April 5 performance spotlights two outstanding members of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Tom William on trumpet and Marty Nau on alto saxophone, on a few up tempo tunes. "This time around," says Carroll, "the orchestra’s program consists of selections from the repertoires of Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, Charlie Parker, George Gershwin and a few others."

Jim Carroll, who is Director of Jazz Studies in the George Mason Department of Music, is a versatile musician trained in both jazz and classical styles. His professional career has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, the White House, and Royal Albert Hall. He has collaborated with artists such as Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, Doc Severenson, Henry Mancini, and Michael Jackson, and has soloed with Clark Terry, Bobby Short, Sir Roland Hanna, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quintet. Carroll is also a former member of the United States Army Band.

Tickets for METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA are $36, $28, $18. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children (under twelve) are half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.